Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Mike Trout, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 19, 2011 @ 14:36:02 PDT

 


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Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Catchers

Hank Conger, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim C Hank Conger
Exhale now that Conger's back?

The Halos, perhaps taking measures to shake up a club in the midst of a freefall, recalled Conger from Triple-A Salt Lake. The club sent him down because he wasn't hitting much (.214/.297/.357) or playing very often. Mike Scioscia hoped to see improved defense from the youngster while he had the opportunity to play every day.

According to the Orange County Register, the reviews of Conger's defense were mixed. The Angels are struggling to score runs, though, and neither Jeff Mathis nor Bobby Wilson offers the promise of contributions that would go toward changing that. Conger has 15-homer power and good BA skills. If the Halos give him regular PT, he may begin to put it together. He posted a .300/.375/.490 slash line in his 114 plate appearances with the Bees.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Chris Stewart, San Francisco Giants

The Giants placed Eli Whiteside on the disabled list with a concussion. Much of what you need to know about Stewart is summed up the fact that he backs up Whiteside. Stewart, 29, has hit .212 with a homer, six RBIs and 13 runs in 119 plate appearances this year. He's improved his plate discipline quite a bit in the past couple of years, but there's not much incentive to add him, even as a PT play.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

Outfielders

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Indications are that the Halos will place Vernon Wells (back issues) on the disabled list and recall one of the game's top prospects for his second MLB go-round. It's uncertain how much Trout would play, but one should expect at least some cameos since the Angels could use a spark.

Trout batted .163 with a .213 OBP, one home run and one stolen base in 47 plate appearances in his first big-league stretch. He struggled but didn't have much trouble making contact. Since then, on the farm, all kinds of stuff has happened: He batted .333, he hit a couple of homers, he stole a handful of bases, he ... turned 20 years old. OK, there's not much to say that things will be different this time, but Trout is a gifted player who could make a sizable impact if he gets on a roll. Keep it in mind.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Alex White, Colorado Rockies

It's not certain, but there's some suggestion that the Rockies will call up White as soon as next week. In his latest rehab start, he went 7 2/3 shutout innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out four. He's one of two prized arms who arrived in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal.

In three starts for the Cleveland Indians, White was effective, but perhaps misleadingly so. He pitched 15 stanzas and yielded 14 hits and nine walks but only six earned runs while fanning 13. It'll be interesting to see how the right-hander adjusts to Coors Field, too. He has the two-seam, ground-ball repertoire to succeed there, undoubtedly a reason that Colorado targeted him. He'll be up at some point, perhaps soon, and is worth stashing in NL leagues.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Consider

Jerome Williams, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Angels are replacing the demoted Tyler Chatwood with another high-upside prosp- oh, no, it's with Williams, who prior to Wednesday (two-thirds of a frame in relief) last pitched in the majors in 2007 and last won a big-league game in 2005.

At the very least, Williams is a former first-rounder who used to have upside. A rotator cuff problem capped off his downward spiral after he'd shown great promise with the San Francisco Giants in his rookie season, 2003. Several organizations, a pair of foreign-league stints and a couple of independent-league stretches later, according to an ESPN.com report, he was in the Pacific Coast League going 7-2 with a 3.91 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, a 7.33 K/9 and a 1.83 BB/9.

Inconsistent control was perhaps Williams' biggest problem besides durability and commitment concerns. If he is healthy and has truly made strides in overcoming them, he'll be an intriguing pickup. Comebacks of this nature aren't impossible. Ask Ryan Vogelsong. Clearly, this is a wait-and-see proposition, however, and Williams doesn't offer the same kind of strikeout upside.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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